A typical day at SHAD

Once SHAD gets officially underway you will be participating in many different and varied activities. Below are descriptions of some of them to give you an idea of the wonderful and challenging month that you have ahead of you at UNB!

There are no 'typical' days at SHAD, but we thought we'd try to give you an idea of what a day might be like:

The day kicks off with breakfast around 7:30 a.m. followed by fitness, a common lecture, and more concentrated sessions and workshops. After lunch, groups break off to partake in hands-on afternoon sessions called lab/seminars. Each day also presents opportunities for creative team projects, recreation, fitness and personal time. Evenings can include guest speakers, project time, committee work or any number of other activities.

The day ends with "SHAD Late Night", an opportunity for you to wind down, have fun and showcase your talents. It also gives an opportunity for important announcements to be made on what lies ahead.

On the weekends more time is allotted for trips, tours and recreational activities, including overnight excursions to the New Brunswick coastal area. The team will be arranging special topical events and discussion opportunities - some of the schedule will be kept as a surprise, but you can expect to be able to participate in the design of some of these events!

Creative team projects

As a participant in SHAD, you will be part of a creative team, made up of 8-9 SHADs, to develop a new product or service based on this year’s national theme. Teams will each have a Program Assistant to mentor and guide them for the month.


Throughout the month, SHADs will participate in special workshops on a variety of topics. These workshops will allow faculty members to work with SHADs in a participatory environment.

Lab seminars

Some of the Lab/Seminar topics for this year include but are not limited to:

  • The Power of Communication
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Bio-Medical Engineering
  • Leadership
  • Multimedia Production
  • Marketing
  • Chemistry

These lab/seminars allow you to learn by doing in a "hands-on" setting. This is also a great opportunity to see and explore the new research being done at UNB. You will get a chance to meet experts and professionals who are leaders in their fields.


We believe in fit mind, fit body! An integral part of the SHAD experience is recreation. You will be invited to stretch beyond your comfort zone in order to push your mind and body. Some of your rec time will be devoted to individual activities and group competition, all framed within a friendly setting. Our team has created a creative and fun-filled program designed for all ability levels.

Recreation at SHAD goes well beyond traditional sports. You will have the opportunity to try new things, like team building and problem-solving initiatives. At SHAD we will give you opportunities to compete as part of a team. You can use your athletic, intellectual and creative skills to help your team. You may even get a chance to play Muggle Quidditch!

You will also have the opportunity to show off your skills and talents at our regular Late Nights, Multicultural Night and Variety Show. Bring your dancing shoes, instruments, original poems, weird knowledge and whatever else you may want to show off. Don't forget to bring musical instruments and sheet music. We usually have a piano at our disposal. Please bring along anything that you would like to share with the SHAD gang; we would love to find out who you are and what you do!